Gallbladder Surgery

Mr Sujendran performs over 100 laparoscopic (keyhole) gallbladder and hernia surgery annually with majority of his patients going home on the same day. On average laparocopic gallbladder operation lasts around one hour and you spend around 2.5 hours in theatre (having general anaesthesia and recovering from anaesthesia).

More than 99% of the time the operation will be carried out laparoscopically (keyhole) with 3 to 4 small incisions (0.5cm to 1cm). Rarely well less than 1% patients might require an open operation.

Mr Sujendran closes the small incision (1cm) with sutures underneath the skin and with glue for the wound and applies glue to the 0.5cm incisions without sutures and you should be able to have shower the following day. You do not need to have any sutures to be removed after surgery.

 

Complications of gallbldder surgery       

  • Bleeding – less than 1% and can happen at the operating field.
  • Bile leak – less than 1% and the rate is decrease by using locking clips to the cystic duct during the procedure.
  • Injury to bile duct – less than 0.1% Mr Sujendran uses a number of surgical techniques during the operation to reduce this risk.
  • Injury to intestine and blood vessels – less than 0.1% – Very rare and can be caused by instruments and can be repaired during the procedure.
  • Infection – less than 2% and can affect the wound site and rarely in the Gallbladder site
  • Deep Vein thrombosis(DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism (PE) – less than 1% and lower molecular weight heparin is given after the procedure to decrease the risk and you will have TEDS stocking before, during and after the procedure. Early mobilisation and adequate fluid intake also decrease the incidence.